• Baseball Rule Changes For 2013

    Posted by on January 14th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Via Jayson Stark -

    Baseball owners approved a rule change last week, several sources have told ESPN, that would allow coaches and managers to bring interpreters to the mound this season for conferences with foreign-born pitchers who don’t speak fluent English.

    That was one of several rules changes that were voted on and tentatively approved at last week’s MLB owners meetings. The changes now must be approved by the players’ union in the coming weeks in order for them to be implemented for this season.

    Two other notable rules that are expected to go into effect this season:

    • Teams will be permitted to have a seventh coach in uniform, in the dugout, during games. Previously, clubs were allowed to have just six coaches dressed for a game. But with numerous teams adding a second hitting coach this year, clubs pushed for permission to have a seventh coach in uniform, and owners agreed.

    • The fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move now would be considered a balk. Baseball’s Playing Rules Committee voted last year to outlaw the trick move, but the union vetoed that change temporarily, pending further discussion. MLB has the ability to implement that change unilaterally for this season, but is hopeful the players will agree to the new rule so it can be implemented jointly, sources said.

    I never understood the coach thing. If a team wants to have three coaches or twenty in uniform, shouldn’t that be their business?

    Comments on Baseball Rule Changes For 2013

    1. MJ Recanati
      January 15th, 2013 | 9:19 am

      What I don’t get is what a second hitting coach is going to do. The first one is too busy so the second one gets the run-off of work? The first one is the boss and delegates chores to the second?

      I suppose four sets of eyes on Mark Teixeira’s feeble lefty swing is better than only two but I really don’t think the issues have changed: a player unwilling or unable to make an adjustment will only serve to frustrate the second coach just as much as the first…

    2. January 15th, 2013 | 9:57 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      I think the logic is that one batting coach for 13 guys is a bad ratio:

      http://o.canada.com/2012/09/11/jays-consider-adding-a-second-batting-coach/

      Of course, I think this is BS. I manage 27 people over 4 clients at work now, in a ~45 hour week, most of the time, and have no issues with time getting to everyone.

    3. Raf
      January 15th, 2013 | 1:41 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      What I don’t get is what a second hitting coach is going to do. The first one is too busy so the second one gets the run-off of work? The first one is the boss and delegates chores to the second?

      It could be similar to the coach-bench coach dynamic.

    4. January 15th, 2013 | 2:08 pm

      I think it’s the hitting coaches answer to the pitching coach having a bullpen coach to help him out.

    5. MJ Recanati
      January 15th, 2013 | 2:35 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I think it’s the hitting coaches answer to the pitching coach having a bullpen coach to help him out.

      Never thought of it that way but that makes sense. Still sort of silly since the hitting coach deals with all of the hitters whereas conceivably the bullpen coach is the eyes and ears of a specialized group.

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